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Hippos smuggled into Colombia by drug lord Pablo Escobar will be sterilized

The late drug lord Pablo Escobar smuggled four hippos into his private zoo. In the 27 years since his death, the hippos have multiplied to at least 80. Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Species of life spread different ways. Seeds are carried by birds, for example. But this is not what happened with the hippos of South America. Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar brought four hippos years ago for his private zoo. They've now multiplied to around 80. Colombia is so congenial to hippos that authorities worry about their environmental impact, so they plan to shoot them with contraceptive darts.
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Drug lord Pablo Escobar smuggled hippos into Colombia. Officials are now sterilizing the invasive species.

Parts of Pablo Escobar’s legacy were clear even before he was gunned down on the rooftop of one of his safe houses in 1993 — he was the drug lord who manufactured and shipped massive amounts of cocaine, the murderer who executed untold numbers of people on Colombia’s streets, the terrorist who murdered 110 people when he blew up a commercial airplane.
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Colombia's most wanted drug lord captured in jungle raid

BOGOTA, Colombia — (AP) — Colombian security forces have captured the country’s most wanted drug trafficker, a rural warlord who stayed on the run for more than a decade by corrupting state officials and aligning himself with combatants on the left and right. President Iván Duque likened the arrest Saturday...
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Memo Fantasma Wants Out of Prison in Colombia

Accused paramilitary drug lord “Memo Fantasma,” or “Will the Ghost,” has petitioned a judge to be let out of a Colombian prison while he awaits trial. Worth millions of dollars and with contacts across the globe, Memo Fantasma is the definition of a flight risk. Guillermo León Acevedo, alias “Memo...
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Invisible Drug Kingpin 'Don Lucho' Assassinated in Colombia

One of Colombia's foremost drug traffickers and money launderers has been assassinated in Bogotá, leaving important unanswered questions about his own criminal past and who might have been after him. On the morning of July 16, Luis Agustín Caicedo Velandia, alias “Don Lucho,” was shot dead by two gunmen in...
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Treasury sanctions Colombian drug trafficking queen 'La Patrona'

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration imposed sanctions Thursday on Zulma Maria Musso Torres, the notorious woman in charge of an international drug trafficking empire based in Colombia. Musso Torres, 58, is said to control "strategically located maritime corridors in northern Colombia and collects a per kilogram tax from narcotics traffickers...
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Colombian Drug Kingpin Pleads Guilty to Running a Continuing Criminal Enterprise, Agrees to Pay $20 Million in Forfeiture

Roman Narvaez Ansazoy, the founder and principal leader of an international drug trafficking enterprise based in Colombia, pleaded guilty today in federal court in Brooklyn to leading a continuing criminal enterprise as charged in a superseding indictment. When sentenced, Narvaez will face a mandatory minimum term of 20 years in prison and up to life in prison. As part of the plea agreement, Narvaez also agreed to pay a $20 million forfeiture money judgment. The proceeding was held before United States Magistrate Judge Robert M. Levy.
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Colombian Cartel Member Receives a 27 Year Sentence

DALLAS – A Colombian man was sentenced to nearly three decades in federal prison for drug trafficking violations. Manuel Camilo Renteria Lemus, 37, pleaded guilty on Nov. 16, 2020, to conspiracy to manufacture and distribution of cocaine, knowing it would be imported into the United States. Lemus was sentenced to 27 years in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Amos L. Mazzant, III.
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Escobar pub accused of glorifying drug lord's reign of terror

Owners of a South American-themed bar that shares its name with notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar have been urged to rethink their branding. Colombians living in Nottingham said calling the venue Escobar was in poor taste, given the pain and death inflicted by the famous cartel boss. They also...
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